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PTF 2009 Annual Report

PTF 2009 Annual Report

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 Supporting Citizens Against Corruption
Partnership for Transparency Fund
Annual Report 2009
PTF Registered Office
1875 Connecticut Ave Suite 1210 Washington DC 20009www.PTFUND.org 
Corruption on the part of governments, the private sector, and citizensobstructs development by contributing to inequality, unsustainablegrowth, and slower rates of poverty reduction. Over the last decade,societies have come to realize the extent to which corruption andbribery have undermined their welfare and hindered developmentefforts. The media, civic and business associations, trade unions andother non-governmental actors play a critical role in fostering publicdiscussion of corruption, increasing awareness about corruption, andmounting pressures for government and business reform. Experiencehas shown that the fight against corruption cannot be won withoutcitizens’ support, participation, and vigilance.As an activist and researcher on civil society and its role in the promotion of democracy andtransparency in development processes, I have had the rewarding experience of working withcivil society organizations around the world and contributing to community engagement innational political, economic, and social life. In January 2010, I had the honor to be elected Chair of the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) following PTF’s previous Chair, Kumi Naidoo,departure. Kumi Naidoo served as the PTF Chairman for over 8 years and will be greatlymissed.Over the last decade, PTF has pioneered ways to assist civil society organizations to fightcorruption by helping to play an effective role in the design, implementation, and monitoring of anti-corruption activities. We have come far over the last 10 years and expect to expand our activities significantly over the next five years across the developing world and especially in lowincome countries in Africa and South Asia. We look forward to continuing to work with our CSOpartners to fight against corruption and promote transparency and accountability.This Annual Report bears testimony to the different constituents of the PTF family and their workin 2009: to the committed organizations that have received support from PTF, to our donors andsupporters and to a wonderful team of dedicated individuals, Board members, staff members,and advisers and volunteers. To all of them, I want to express the deepest gratitude for givingPTF the opportunity to make a contribution in the fight against corruption all over the world.
 Anabel Cruz Chair 
2009 was PTF’s busiest year. Not only weremore than 30 new grants approved, almostdouble the 2008 total, but PTF negotiated amajor new $3 million dollar grant from theJapanese Social Development Fund (JSDF)and undertook an important study of theglobal experience in supporting the demandfor good governance.A significant feature of PTF’s further development in 2009 was the launch of our South Asia program in partnership with thePublic Affairs Center in Bangalore, So far wehave made grants in support of fifteenprojects in India, two in Nepal, and one in SriLanka - in other words half of our projectswere in South Asia over the past year. This isexperimental in several ways, mostimportantly in supporting CSOs operating atthe community level, assisting the poorestfamilies who are deprived of the benefits of social welfare programs by corrupt localofficials. A major focus of projects was onexploiting people’s rights to governmentinformation - a key issue in the effort toenhance transparency and curb corruption.We saw major developments in all areas of our work and a new strategic planning effortwas initiated given the likely major PTFexpansion in coming years. Thanks to theoutstanding dedication and tenacity of somany volunteers, the PTF model of providingsmall grants associated with formidableoperational expertise from our Advisers, isyielding excellent results. It is important torecognize that our grantees are pioneeringnew approaches to fighting corruption andtheir success stories need to be widelydisseminated - sharing the lessons of our experience is thus becoming a key PTFobjective.
Pierre Landell-MIllsPresident 
Message from thePresident
Citizens succeed in making their governments free of corruption.“The Partnership for Transparency Fundmobilizes expertise and resources to provideadvice and small grants to civil societyorganizations to engage citizens in actions toremove corruption in the public sector. PTFstrives to support innovative approaches,learn from its work and share the knowledgegained.”PTF has made available over USD $2.5million in small grants in support of 148 anti-corruption projects undertaken by civil societyorganizations in 44 countries.
Image of Adhar community village meeting focused onreducing corruption in nation wide social security schemes in India.

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